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Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Severe weather and fires, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure, may dramatically affect lives and property in the United States in the coming years. This month marks the peak of the hurricane season. Forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, on the other hand, follow no calendar. Read more [...]
Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

As historic and devastating floods continue to affect tens of thousands in Louisiana this week, NEMA has put its disaster relief plan into action In 2015, NEMA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) formulated a standard operating procedure for natural disasters that affect the transmission and use of electricity. NEMA’s southern region field representative, Bryan Holland, has spearheaded efforts to follow this procedure and provide aid to officials in Louisiana this week. Read more [...]
Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The number of fire deaths that occur each year nationwide is widely published. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Loss in the United States During 2011 report, civilian home fire deaths have decreased 58% from 6,015 in 1978 to 2,520 in 2011. That is why the installation and use of smoke alarms are promoted by fire and life safety experts around the world. Iowa State Fire Marshal (SFM) Ray Reynolds knows this, as he has consistently demonstrated since assuming Read more [...]
Protect Your Family From Fire

Protect Your Family From Fire

This week (October 9-15) is Fire Prevention Week, and life safety advocates across the nation are reminding Americans to "Protect Your Family From Fire!" First established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, Fire Prevention Week has been observed every year since during the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 (the day the Chicago Fire did most of Read more [...]
The Other Dangers of Irene

The Other Dangers of Irene

The name "Irene" derives from the Greek word eirene, which means "peace." But from what meteorologists at the National Weather Service and others are telling us, Hurricane Irene (poised to bully her way up the East Coast this weekend) is anything but peaceful. Warning and watches have been posted up and down the eastern seaboard, and evacuations along the coast and other low-lying levels have commenced. And while preparing for flooding and wind damage is certainly critical Read more [...]
How to Save (a College Student’s) Life

How to Save (a College Student’s) Life

Fall is here, and you know what that means - college students around the country have returned to their campuses, eager to party, date, and yes, even study. And while most students come to campus loaded with textbooks, shower caddies, TVs, pizza money, and plenty of advice from their parents, one can only hope that they are also armed with fire safety smarts. September is Campus Fire Safety Month. and colleges and universities throughout the nation are conducting events to raise students' Read more [...]